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"Killen lagade mat till sin nya pojkvän."

Translation:The guy cooked for his new boyfriend.

December 3, 2014



I like this free spirited course :)


Another great and progressive sentence. Completely befitting the Swedish open mindset and culture, of course.


Vad kul ni har sådana exempel här :)


Den förste gången som jag har sett sådar!


I have to ask, are boyfriend and girlfriend reserved for a romantic interest? Can they be just friend that happens to be a boy or a girl? In English it can be both on occasion...


In Swedish, "pojkvän" and "flickvän" are reserved for a romantic relationship. A male friend can be called a "killkompis" from kille and kompis, and in the same way a female friend can be called a "tjejkompis".


So killkompis and tjejkompis are plutonic friends? Or are they also romantic?


Killkompis is a male friend, but kille kan mean boyfriend or boy:
min kille = min pojkvän = my boyfriend
en kille = a boy, a guy

and the same for tjejkompis, tjej and flickvän of course.


I probably forgot about some important grammar rule, but I wanted to ask why is it "nya pojkvän"? Wasn't that ("nya") reserved for plural form?


It’s also the definite form of the adjective which is used after the definite article (duh) but also after possessives:

  • En svart stol. (A black chair)
  • Den svarta stolen. (The black chair)
  • Min svarta stol. (My black chair)


Thank you! I should probably go back to some adjective lessons. It's been the most complicated thing until now.


This definite form rule was one of the trickiest parts of the language for me to get used to the first time I learned it. It wasn't long before it became intuitive, though. With Lundgren8's explanation you're over halfway there.


OK, question ... why is it "till" here and not "åt"? I am learning slowly the differences between "åt", "till", and "för" here, but just need some clarification. I know "för" is if it is for an audience, and "åt" is doing someone a favor. Is it "till" because the cooking of the food is a gift for his boyfriend?


It's not always obvious when to use "till" and when to use "åt". Here, both works.


Doesn't "till" imply that the pojkvän is somehow incapable of cooking his own food, or am I missunderstanding the implication of till?


No, you cannot read any reason into this sentence. You would use "till" no matter why he's cooking for him. It's just the preposition we prefer.


Could you say sin nya kille instead of sin nya pojkvän?


Yup, that works perfectly well, too :)


I love Swedish!


"The guy cooked food for his new boyfriend." Why is this wrong?


"food" is superfluous in English, but mat is required in Swedish. So lagar mat should be translated into just "cooks".

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